A final working day on the extension ballasting today, with most of the action actually taking place in the jungle towards Broadway, and just a little ballast levelling remaining to be done nearest to the bridge.
Lots more ballast arrived today; for a moment, I thought that the drivers had neatly tipped all the way round my car, but there was an escape route after all. Phew !
We scraped away about 100yds of this, until we reached Pry Lane, in the picture above. The rest of the trackbed northwards is clear of this 'gallop' material.
You can see the Broadway goods shed peer out from in between the trees, this location is now quite close to it.
Looking the other way from Pry lane, you can see the strip on the down side that we have just cleared.
Running back along here with the dumper, very bouncy when not loaded, I suddenly heard a 'CRACK' . She doesn't usually make a noise like that, I thought.... it turned out that my plastic sandwich box, a gift from Mme, had worked its way loose, fallen in between the wheels and immediately got run over by 2 tons of steel and rubber. Those wheels are merciless, the beautiful sandwich box is no more. Alas.
Now to sell this when Mme returns home ! What will she say?
Seen along the trackside today:
A beautiful orange coated fox
Rabbits, rabbits, rabbits, rabbits, rabbits...... why doesn't the fox eat the rabbits?
At the end of the day, Steve returned to do a little more levelling, and that was the end of the ballasting week. We have enough level ballast to make a start on track laying, and will report as soon as it starts. Shouldn't be long now.